Why 2021 will be different!

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As a child, my parents made us sit down on January 1st of every year with pen and paper. I am sure they meant well, but I often wondered whether they actually wanted to see if they could get away with starting every single year with some kind of torturous adventure.

They succeeded!

Sitting down at a desk or the kitchen table, we were not allowed to play our brand new games or read our latest Christmas books until we had finished writing out our “resolutions.”

Being the oldest child, I was expected to set the example, and every year, the resolutions were expected to be better and more introspective than the year before.

Thankfully, my resolutions did not have to include things like, “This year I will lose ‘X’ amount of weight.” Now, some {mumble} years later, I cannot say that this could indeed be a profitable resolution.

For many years, the tradition continued, even after I became an adult and was married with children of my own. However, something has changed and I want to share why.

What is a resolution?

Per the Oxford English Dictionary, a resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.”

That is simple enough. However, a New Year’s Resolution is written because it is something that we intend to do ALL year long. And therein lies the problem.

You see, when we woke up one year ago on January 1st, 2020, nobody in their right mind would have ever thought it would conclude the way that it did. The world has seen multiple war zones, famine in Africa, and close calls with North Korea.

During 2020, the entire world, including Antarctica had to deal with…um…what’s that other thing…oh yes, COVID-19!

The entire little pale blue dot we call earth was shaken to the core. Pictures of people in Asia wearing facemasks are no longer funny, cute, or a Kodak moment. I think you would be hard-pressed to find one out of 195 world countries where masks are not omnipresent.

Now, advertisements in magazines, on the internet, and even on TV, show actors and real-life families trying to adjust to a new normal. Those who think the world is going to return to the normal we knew on January 1st, 2020, are simply not thinking straight. The old ways of life will never return.

The events of 2020 have left us scarred on so many levels. We fear things we never thought we would have to fear, especially in the western world.

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So, why is 2021 going to be different?

It is different because I am NOT making any new resolutions. I have no plans of writing down things that will probably have to change before the first week or month of 2021 has come to a close.

In fact, instead of trying to write resolutions that will bind my mind to a full year of uncertainty, I will strive to take just ONE DAY AT A TIME!

I will be thankful for each day that I receive. I will not try to resolve to be better for the ones that I am not promised.

My days will not be burdened with the added guilt of having failed to lose one more pound each week, or having failed to read so many chapters of my Bible or a new book, or whatever it is that I would previously have written down as a resolution.

If I am blessed to live through this entire year, I want to arrive on January 1st, 2022, without the feeling of guilt that I failed to meet all my goals. And I do not want to be guilty writing out 2022 resolutions knowing that I have no guarantees of even one more breath.

Are resolutions bad?

No! If you want to write a resolution or pages of resolutions, that is your choice. For me, I just don’t want to be disappointed any more than what God already has in store for me. But, if you do write resolutions, I hope that you are able to achieve what you hope to achieve.

However, I also hope that in 2021, you will also appreciate each new day as it arrives. I hope that you will strive to be a person who has more appreciation than you ever have before. I hope that, even with the new normal, that you will not settle for the status quo, but that you will work hard to be different than you have in any previous year.

Happy New Year, and may 2021 be a year that we focus on what is most important — faith in God, family, and friends.

From England. Married 29 years. 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Lived overseas 17 years in Iceland, the UK, and Liberia, West Africa. Writer for 5 publications.

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